Fulbright Scholar, composer, educator, and percussionist Gregory Beyer is a contemporary music specialist who blends the disciplines of orchestral, jazz, and world music into a singular artistic voice.
Beyer is a core member of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition’s Grossman Ensemble, an group in residence at the University of Chicago with a mission to premiere and record twelve new works annually. Their engaging and virtuosic first album, Fountain of Time, has received excellent reviews.
Gregory Beyer is Artistic Director of Arcomusical, an organization dedicated to the Afro-Brazilian berimbau. Arcomusical has released two albums, MeiaMeia, (2016, Innova Recordings) and Spinning in the Wheel (2019, National Sawdust Tracks). Representing Arcomusical, Beyer has appeared on WNYC, WBEZ, and NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday. Arcomusical received a 2016 Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Grant to create the twenty-minute, four-movement “Roda” with composer Elliot Cole. “Roda” has received over two dozen performances and most recently was performed as a concerto with the Arizona State University Symphony Orchestra as “Roda Grande.”
Professor Gregory Beyer is the Director of Percussion Studies at Northern Illinois University, where he works with a wonderful group of students and seeks to create an environment that fosters a sense of family, integrity, creativity, respect, and a passionate commitment to hard work. Of his teaching mission at NIU, Beyer says: